Activities of the 36th session of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Regional Conference in Baghdad next Monday
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Iraq had hosted the meeting of senior officials for this session, which was held hypothetically from January 10 to 13, 2022, and the ministerial session for this session is scheduled to be open to all members of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in the Near East and North Africa, and representatives of United Nations agencies and organizations and specialized agencies and a number of selected observers.
The conference sessions will be held in the main conference hall of the "Royal Tulip Al Rashid Hotel" in Baghdad.
During the conference, Ministers of Agriculture, partner organizations, sister agencies and senior officials from Member States will meet to discuss regional challenges and priorities related to this issue in the Near East and North Africa region, ensuring the effectiveness of FAO's influence in the region, and helping to identify priorities for its work over the next two years.
These priorities will be identified, through participation in roundtable discussions and panel discussions with all Member States, to identify best practices for transforming food systems and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
The session of the first day, 7 February, will address the round table discussions of the following issues:
- Round table 1: Food security and healthy lifestyles for all for better nutrition and a better life:
During this session, FAO will focus on:
(i) Strengthening the agri-food systems approach.
(ii) Using trade, investment and technology as elements that support food security and ensure better nutrition.
(3) Inclusion of nutrition in policies related to food production and consumption and the mechanism of granting incentives.
(4) Ensuring food safety and quality and reducing food loss and waste.
(5) Modify the business models of agricultural enterprises, and improve access to inputs, finance and markets, especially for those who are currently disadvantaged such as rural women, youth, migrants and refugees.
- Round Table 2: Building Resilient Rural Communities for Better Production, Better Environment and Better Lives:
Building resilient agro-food systems and resilient rural communities requires a comprehensive strategic approach to risk management through strategic interventions aimed at:
(a) understanding multiple risks (eg vulnerability assessments and early warning systems).
(b) Strengthening disaster and crisis risk management.
(c) Reducing risks and vulnerabilities on farms and institutions through appropriate interventions such as climate-smart agriculture, shock-responsive social protection and agricultural insurance.
(d) Promote the “one health” approach to all biological threats, especially animal and plant pests and diseases; (e) Strengthening proactive measures, emergency preparedness and response.
Round Table Three: Green Recovery and Climate Action for Better Production and a Better Environment:
There will be a need for a careful review of the sustainability of the region's food systems and natural resources. In particular, countries will need to: enhance water productivity and governance; promoting sustainable land management and governance mechanisms to reduce land and soil degradation and promote nature-based solutions and recycling; Expanded landscape restoration and biodiversity conservation; Adoption of the ecosystem approach to fisheries and aquaculture; and scaling up of climate change adaptation and mitigation actions.
On February 8, a side event will be held discussing climate action and regional opportunities in the framework of the upcoming COP27 and COP28 climate conferences in the region.
At the end of the conference, the Ministerial Declaration of the thirty-sixth session of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Regional Conference for the Near East will be adopted./End 5[/rtl]